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Question: Ledouix wrote... I have a few questions about the drug prozac. I would like to know long term side affects to a person who has taken it for ten years. What affects on a liver that has been laserated almost in half and repaired. This happened almost at the same time my friend started prozac. I do not understand the changes that have occured in the past few months in this person. I feel that things in health has caused a breakup in what was a great realationship. She wont tell me what is going on in her life and has become very mean to me. This makes me wonder if she is trying to protect me from something bad that might be going to happen. Any help to let me know that meds and a damaged liver could cause a terminal problem could help me to understand why the sudden change in her to not want me to be around. I feel that she is protecting me and keeping me away because of her love for me and the way I love her and dose not want me to see her go through this....
The recent report that Prozac may slow the development of brain lesions is the sort of news that maybe shouldn't be reported at all. It's so preliminary that it's of value almost exclusively to researchers. It appears to invite people with MS to consider taking Prozac to slow the disease. It shouldn't.
Three things you need to know:
1. The Dutch study was very small: 19 people with MS taking Prozac, 19 taking a placebo. Researchers used MRIs every four weeks to monitor development of brain inflammation. At eight weeks fewer new lesions appeared in patients taking Prozac; the difference was sustained for 24 weeks.
2. There was no difference in symptoms or exacerbations related to the two treatments during the tests. But side effects did show themselves: People taking Prozac had more drowsiness and nausea than those who took the placebo.
3. The bottom line here is that there is enough evidence to justify moving ahead with further studies of Prozac (and simila...
Wake up. Stretch. Get your bearings and stretch again. Walk to the kitchen and put up some coffee (thank goodness for Keurig!). Walk to the bathroom and wash up for the day. The beginning of each morning is the same every day. The day begins the same and ends the same. It’s what happens in between waking up and bedtime that defines who and what we are. One line from The Mary Tyler Moore Show tried to sum this up. When Mary says she’s bored with her life, her crusty boss Lou Grant tells her, “We’re born, we die and everything in between is just filler.”
What happens in between can be stressful at times. I wake up feeling happy in the morning. This time of year – springtime - brings sounds of birds outside of my window and lawnmowers cutting lawns on our street (somehow that sound, to me, signals warmer weather is here, something I look forward to all winter long) an...
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